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  • Thursday, May 06, 2004

    Oregon Man Arrested in Connection to Madrid Bombings

    From Fox:

    FBI agents arrested a Portland, Ore., man Thursday as part of the investigation into the deadly train bombings in Spain, federal officials said.Brandon Bieri Mayfield, a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody on a material witness warrant, said a senior law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The arrest is the first known in the United States with connections to the March 11 bombings in Madrid.

    Most worrisome, this is. Here we have an attack against a major ally, or what used to be a major ally, and it was partially planned on our own soil. This bodes ill for the future. If they can plan attacks in the US, which they can carry out agains another nation thousands of miles away, then surely they can plan attacks that will take place in the US. Which begs the question, why haven't they yet? Insufficient numbers inside the US to launch such an attack? Unlikely. Perhaps it is something else. I would speculate that Al Qaeda, under its latest leader, whose name escapes me at the moment, has a specific strategy in mind. Namely, deal with America's allies before attacking America itself. First Spain, then perhaps the UK or Italy. In which case you can organize and plan attacks using agents in the US, and sense the attacks aren't aimed at the US, counter-terrorism officials in the US might not notice. And the authorities in other nations will have little or no warning if the attack is planned in the US, or another nation.

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